Alfa Romeo has revealed detailed pricing and specification for the new Giulia saloon.

All cars in the range are built around Alfa’s new front-engine, rear-wheel drive architecture, which it claims achieves perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

There will be five trim levels available including the range topping Giulia Quadrifoglio, which is touted as a rival to super saloons such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.

The entry-level car comes with a generous smattering of safety technologies. Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian recognition and lane-departure warning are all present.

These contribute to the car’s five-star NCAP safety rating, with a highly impressive 98 per cent protection result for adults – that’s higher than any car has ever received.

It also gets 16-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights and a chrome exhaust system. Inside, all Giulias feature the company’s ‘DNA’ drive mode selector, TFT monitors for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, and eight-speakers.

In ‘Super’ guise, there’s 17-inch alloy wheels, a bigger central monitor with 3D satellite navigation and both leather and cloth seat trim options. ‘Tecnica’ is targeted at business users, offering an upgraded climate package, power seats and privacy glass.

‘Speciale’ models have a sportier look, with larger alloys, redesigned bumpers with a sports diffuser at the rear, and a dual chrome exhaust.

The range-topping ‘Quadrifoglio’ model is the high performance offering. It comes with leather and Alcantara upholstering inside and a unique sports steering wheel. It also gets a raft of performance enhancing technology such as torque vectoring and a ‘Race’ mode.

There are four engines on offer, all of which are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. They are a 2.2-litre diesel with either 150bhp or 180bhp, a 2.0-litre petrol making 200bhp, and a 2.9-litre V6 making 510bhp.

Prices range from £29,180 for the Giulia, all the way up to the Quadrifoglio at £59,000. Cars will go on sale later this year.

Adam Pilon


August 5, 2016